McIlroy is back to the top

Okay, maybe Rory McIlroy didn’t actually budge from his position as the World No. 1. He did, however, have to watch Jordan Spieth grab every single headline since winning his first major at Augusta last month.

McIlroy didn’t exactly perform badly at the Masters. He was still in contention throughout most of the competition, but ended finishing six strokes behind Spieth, who led at 18-under, a Masters record the young Texan shares with Tiger Woods.

It didn’t take Rory long to reclaim his throne. The World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play was the Northern Irishman’s first start since Augusta, and he made sure to firm up his place at the top of the Official World Golf Records. What’s particularly interesting is the fact that McIlroy checks how big his lead is in the OWGR every single week.

Here are five interesting facts from the past week.

  1. In 75 years only three players have won 10 PGA Tour wins by the age of 26. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods were the first two to achieve this feat, and Rory McIlroy became the third this weekend, a day before his 26th birthday.
  2. McIlroy won his 18th WGC-Cadillac Match Play match on Sunday, bringing his total score to 18-6. He’s only the second player to win the competition after entering as the No. 1 seed; Tiger Woods has achieved this three times.

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